VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
VA Benefits from Team Rubicon Volunteers during COVID-19
April 28, 2020
NEW YORK — Adam Hudson, a Veteran who receives medical care at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System since 2013, has always found purpose in helping others. It’s how he ended up joining the U.S. Army, and later becoming one of America’s elite volunteers heading from disaster to disaster.
As COVID-19 hit New York City, Hudson, 34, knew he’d be mobilizing to help. What he didn’t know was that he’d be able to help the people who are usually the ones helping him. His organization mobilized him to the VA medical center here in Manhattan, where he quickly got to work on an engineering project that required a fast turnaround.
“I’ve been in NYC and getting care at the VA here since the summer of 2013,” said Hudson, a Team Rubicon volunteer originally from Birmingham, Ala. “The best word I can use to describe helping the VA during this unique time is ‘purposeful.’ I’ve traveled around the country with Team Rubicon over the past few years, helping communities after natural disasters. But this is different.”
Chris Walls, chief, Engineering Service, managed a tight timeline to get materials and organize the team he needed – from his carpenter Giuseppina Pullara to Hudson, and rest of the Rubicon volunteers.
“We needed quick but professional, reliable work done to support the hospital,” Walls said. “It was awesome to have an experienced team come in and immediately integrate with us to get the work done.”
Team Rubicon, a nonprofit founded by a Marine Corps Veteran, considers itself a veteran service organization that uses disaster response to help reintegrate Veterans back into civilian life. It started in 2010 with disaster response after three days of earthquakes in Haiti. Since then, they’ve sent teams of Veterans around the world, helping others.
“Not only is it in my own community this time, but somewhere I know, and come to. That’s a unique feeling that I haven’t quite had before while with Team Rubicon. It’s powerful, because sometimes when help is needed and some people can’t pitch in, I’m more than happy and proud to help out,” Hudson continued.
The day Hudson helped here, he says he will never forget. It was April 16, his birthday … and he said it was the best possible way he could spend it.